Cocktails were actually created in the United States, so there are a lot of original recipes that different cities can claim as their own. Here are some of those cities and the cocktail recipes they are known for. Be sure to make them for yourself as well as travel to the cities they’re from and taste it right from the source.

New Orleans

In New Orleans one of the drinks you will find plenty of is The Sazerac.

The Sazerac (which is made with Peychaud’s bitters)

  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Peychaud bitters to taste
  • absinthe (swirled in before being dumped)
  • lemon twist for garnish


The Bloody Mary actually came from Boston.

  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • celery salt
  • ground pepper
  • hot pepper sauce to taste
  • celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish
  • lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish

Los Angeles

The Mai Tai actually came from Trader Vic’s in Los Angeles.

  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, juiced lime half reserved
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaçao
  • 1/4 ounce Rich Simple Syrup, also known as rock candy syrup
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish

Washington D.C.

The Gin Rickey was introduced in Washington D.C.

  • 2 oz gin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • club soda
  • lime wedge for garnish


Chicago is home to the Southside Cocktail

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 – 4 oz soda (7-up, sprite)
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 2 pieces limes

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